January 2016 Archives

SMALL CHILDREN WEARING COATS IN CARS AT RISK OF INJURY

If you're a parent of a small child, ensuring that your children are safely buckled into their car seat is a priority for you. During the winter, however, you may be imperiling your child while they ride in their car seat, without even realizing it. Read on to learn about how to ensure your child is as safe as possible in a car seat during the winter, in case you are involved in an accident.

YOU CAN'T SEEK THE COURT'S HELP WHILE ALSO HIDING FROM THE COURT

When a defendant doesn't appear in court for a hearing on a motion or for a trial, the court will enter a default judgment; essentially, the plaintiff wins on that matter only by default, not necessarily because the judge agrees with the plaintiff. Courts are often willing to vacate those judgments and allow the defendant to present their case when the defendant makes such a request, despite the fact that the court isn't necessarily obligated to do so. However, in a recent decision by the New Jersey Appellate Division, the court offered an example of when such decisions won't be vacated-namely, where a defendant is both asking for a favor from the court in the form of a vacated default, while also defying the court's reach by avoiding a bench warrant. 

HOVERBOARD-RELATED INJURIES CONCERN SAFETY OFFICIALS

Many new pieces of sports equipment-bikes, skateboards, rollerblades-require some trial and error for users to learn how to safely operate them. Once that equipment is motorized, however, the risk of injury increases greatly. Hoverboards initially made their mark by exploding in popularity, even with their hefty price tag ranging between $300 and $900. Now, the self-balancing scooters have become known for a different reason: the injuries they cause both to riders and to property

INJURIES CAUSED BY AIRBAG DEPLOYMENT

Airbags are responsible for saving the lives of many accident victims-some 37,000 between 1987 and 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Yet they can also cause serious, sometimes fatal, injuries. Read on to learn how airbags can be dangerous, and steps you can take to prevent these injuries. 

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